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Dawn Redwood

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

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Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-50 ft.

Mature Width:

20-30 ft.


Full Sun


30-40 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

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Learn why we stopped selling bare-root

Got Wet Soil? Try the Dawn Redwood!

Those low areas - that puddle after heavy rains - will kill almost any tree, except Dawn Redwoods.

Even grows in standing water.

Dawn Redwoods are considered by many to be the Fastest Growing Conifer. Under ideal conditions they have been reported to grow up to 5 feet per year.

Once very hard-to-find trees, but recent demand has boosted cultivation so that everyone can have access to this beautiful tree!

The Dawn Redwood's beautiful, fern-like foliage develops in the spring and turns a gentle gold in the fall.

Great when planted alone as an ornamental tree or in groupings.

A great tree for borders and fence lines.

Grows consistently into a pyramidal form and makes an attractive shade tree.

Plant away from foundations and plan for it eventually being a large tree.

Adaptable to almost any soil - except desert sand ... can withstand both moderate flooding and drought.

These unique trees are great in open spaces... but also look attractive in rows.

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Customer Reviews

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Growth Rate
Low and behold my Dawn Redwood shot up 6 ft. the first year and every year after, so far. Now Dawn Redwoods are one of my favorite trees by far
January 1, 2013
a must for wet areas! My baby tree is growing beautifully and rapidly in a drainage area with lots of water. Basically it is holding my hill together with its roots and someday will shade my horse (its in a pasture). Horse has little interest in eating this tree, mustn't taste good or its too tough which is great. My parents have one that at 30 years of age stands over 80 feet tall. That big redwood survived Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent Nor'easter in coastal NJ while trees all around it snapped and broke. Great tree
January 1, 2013
Hardy and robust
Planted a Dawn Redwood in a swale so that it would get a good supply of water from season to season. The first year it grew just about 2 feet, which I thought was pretty good. It went through the first winter where we had temps down to -18 F. It came back strong in the spring and this year (so far) has grown about 3.5 feet. Has a great 'self-managing' shape, and in no more than two more years it will fill a substantial role in the landscape! Great tree - I'll be getting a couple more for next season!
September 4, 2014
The tree was well packed and arrived in terrific condition. The foliage on this tree is so beautiful the pictures don't do it justice! I can't wait to see how the Dawn Redwood does in our backyard.
January 1, 2013
over 3 years ago
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I love this tree
this is a very nice tree for kentucky. and a very storm resistant one. love this tree
December 1, 2014
cadiz, KY
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The Dawn Redwood arrived in perfect shape and a great deal of new growth showing. Just one of four trees purchased from Fast Growing Trees and everyone has been a great success.
January 1, 2013
over 3 years ago
Not enough time yet
I forgot it was deciduous. It's kinda bear right now, but has quite a few buds developing.
December 4, 2014
Onalaska, WA
over 2 years ago
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1 out of 3 is bad...
I ordered 3 of these trees in April, 2016. Two of the three arrived in poor condition and have since died. The one that looked healthy is doing great and I anticipate a beautiful tree. Working with Fast Growing now for refund. The rating is lower due to the death of 2 of the 3 trees.
June 11, 2016
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Growth Rate
After shocking it, its doubled in size over the course of 4 months.
The dawn redwood I received had some issues in shipping, so I was anxious to get it in the ground. I did not let it acclimate to light for long enough and scorched it a bit. Then it started to grow.

This tree species is amazing - it's doubled in size since we received it. I've had to prune to favor a leader twice, and it's almost like I never touched the plant.
September 19, 2016
Cranston, RI
1 year ago
Growth Rate
Love these trees they are so beautiful. They love water so if you have an area that is wet these trees will do well.
September 6, 2016
Usk, WA
over 3 years ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Dawn Redwood

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Dawn Redwood.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Dawn Redwood gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Dawn Redwood again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Something different.
Ted K on Apr 12, 2017
Our backyard drains poorly so hopefully this tree will thrive and give us some needed screening.
Roger J on Mar 19, 2017
Something different.
Ted K on Apr 12, 2017
I needed something that will grow in clay and heavy watered areas
Kyle S on Mar 22, 2017
Our backyard drains poorly so hopefully this tree will thrive and give us some needed screening.
Roger J on Mar 19, 2017
I picked these because of the shape, cost, and they fact they are a redwood species that supposedly can grow in indiana. We will see.
Darrell G on Mar 13, 2017
I need a fast growing tree that can add to a windbreak and a tree that will last many years
Richard S on Mar 13, 2017
Chose this tree as s fun specimen tree for the northeast.
David J. H on Mar 4, 2017
Needed privacy from neighbors in Zone 4
Lori S on Feb 18, 2017
When I went to Muir Woods, I jokingly said I'd like to have a couple of these for the back yard. Then someone told me there was a gigantic redwood that would survive the Midwest winters. So I googled it, and the rest is history.
Bruce B on Jan 28, 2017
magnificent huge tree which can grow in standing water
kevin h on Nov 7, 2016
I have a large corner lot on a heavy traffic road in a rural area. Trying to create a sound barrier.
Marianne C on Oct 18, 2016
To compliment my Green Giant and Cedar Deodar trees
Phil H on Sep 7, 2016
The feathery leaves, height potential and shape that requires no maintenance.
Samantha S on Mar 9, 2016
I needed a large evergreen for privacy.
tammy k on Mar 7, 2016
I have a couple more of these trees growing and doing well.
scott g on Mar 5, 2016
Because what's not to love about a towering, majestic redwood tree?!
Jason S on Jan 29, 2016
Cool tree, want to see how it grows in my area
Cheryl P on Jan 17, 2016
I needed something that will grow in clay and heavy watered areas
Kyle S on Mar 22, 2017
I picked these because of the shape, cost, and they fact they are a redwood species that supposedly can grow in indiana. We will see.
Darrell G on Mar 13, 2017
How far apart should I plant dawn redwoods.?
Barbara V on Apr 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can space these about 10-15 ft apart.
Is this an evergreen?
Gina G on Sep 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Nope. Unlike all of its redwood brothers, it's deciduous, so it looses it's leaves. A beautiful tree though.
Are there any cons to this tree?
Ken M on Jan 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I love my Dawn Redwood. It is about 25 years old now and has a huge trunk, but the tree slopes up like a pyramid, so the top of the tree trunk is much smaller than the part near the ground. The trunk bark undulates and peels and looks beautiful. The trunk iis very thick near the ground and I can't reach around it. Wish I could show you a picture of my beautiful tree! I also knew about the story that they were thought extinct, and I talked with some tree guys who were at my house to work on two different trees in my yard. The took pictures of the Dawn Redwood and marveled that they had never seen this tree before in 20 years in the tree business! I am in the Pacific NW, and love that the needles drop in the winter to allow the sun to shine on my house. The needles break down and disappear in the spring. Then nice shade in the summer. The needles look very fern-like and lovely! If I ever had to move I would absolutely plant as many of these as I could fit into a yard!
What time of year should these trees be planted?
J C John on Aug 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought and planted mine in the spring of 2015. It was still dormant and had not leafed out. It is doing very well, but I watered it diligently. I am sure that the fall would be the ideal time, just make sure you keep it watered so the roots do not dry out, even while it is dormant. It is a beautiful tree!
Would this tree live in Charleston South Carolina?
Toni B on Feb 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hello, for starters, I live in central Texas. I started a dawn redwood 2 1/2 yrs ago. It is in a large clay pot waiting to permanent transplant in back yard. The tree is now roughly 9 ft. tall. It is protected from freeze and very hot temps. The last 2+ yrs have been a wonderful experience, and even if the transplant fails it has been well worth the experience. I think that if you take the time to nurture and learn about its growth you can have a great experience in Charleston. It's well worth the attempt.
How close can I plant this tree to my deck?
Christie W on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I depends on if you want foliage over the deck surface. This is a big tree once fully matured. The tree specs are on the website. That should help you figure it out based on if you want shade or not.
Will the Dawn Redwood grow in Florida?
Buckeroo on Feb 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It will do wel,l if not much better, in wetter and warmer locations. Wonderful tree. Fast growth.
Will a dawn redwood soak up much water from a cosistently wet area of my yard? Not surface water, but consistently wet soil.
Joe E on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Maybe as the tree matures, but it would thrive there..Mine is only two years old now, planted in a run off area bottom of slope, and doing fine. It's a gorgeous tree all year round.
Could this tree keep its needles ( and privacy screening ) during winter in our mild - Southern Oregon Coast? Sunset Zone - 17 National zone 9
Julie C on Oct 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have five Dawn Redwoods. They keep their needles during the winter, but they turn brown during the Fall. They are displaced by new needles in the Spring. They really are fast growing !
I live in MN Zone 4. Which is dry in the summer. My yard is made up of mostly field so its pretty sandy unless you dig about foot down and will have better clay. Would this dawn redwood tree work?
cristy K on Feb 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The dawn redwood hardiness area is zone 5-8. It is a versatile tree and can grow in clay soil, it likes moisture and needs 6 hours of direct sunlight each day.
we have problems with Deer eating small trees. Are these deer resistant?
kent b on Jan 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: These are not 100% deer resistant as nothing is. These do occasionally get eaten by deer.

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